Bathroom makeovers on a budget

Looking to update your bathroom on a budget? Rather than a costly renovation, there are some simple ways to makeover your bathroom that won’t break the bank.

Add some storage

To remove any clutter in your bathroom, you can install some simple floating shelves with baskets and boxes. You can put in extra towel racks and hooks or even a heated towel rack. Decorative containers also look great.

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Change the vanity

This is one of the easiest ways to give your bathroom an upgrade and it can be done in one weekend. It’s true; you can never have enough storage – especially in a bathroom – so think about ways to increase it with a new bathroom vanity. If you’re going for a larger unit, measure your entire space to ensure you have enough room for the vanity itself and its installation. Keeping your vanity in its existing position means you shouldn’t have to spend money on having your plumbing repositioned by a licensed plumber.

Replace the shower screen or curtain

Old shower screens, recesses and shower curtains can give away the age of a bathroom. Replacing the shower screen is a simple way to revamp the bathroom. From frameless shower screens to pivot shower screens, there are many options depending on your bathroom layout and style. If you’re upgrading from a sliding door, check you have enough clearance to open the shower door.

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Change the fittings

It sounds like a small change, but updating your fittings can make a big difference. When selecting new fittings, think about how they work with the rest of your bathroom features like the tiles and colour scheme. Silver tapware reflects the light nicely and can add a contemporary, high-end finish, while coloured tapware is another popular choice. Even updating your toilet seat can add to the overall look and feel of the bathroom, plus installing a new seat is simple. If you’re moving fittings, make sure your towel rails and toilet roll holders are conveniently positioned. Towels should be within reach as you step out of the shower and the toilet roll holder should be positioned so you can comfortably reach it when sitting down.

Upgrade your lighting

The right bathroom lighting can change the mood of the space. Observe how much natural light you receive during the day or when you most use the bathroom to determine your lighting needs. A bathroom heater light is ideal for chilly nights and frosty mornings. Select lighting fixtures that have been designed to handle any moisture, humidity or dampness, and always consult a professional electrician to install the fittings for you.

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Install a new mirror

If your bathroom mirror is looking a little worn or has suffered water damage (blackening along the bottom of the mirror), it may be time to consider installing a new one. There’s an assortment of shapes and sizes that can dramatically alter the look of your bathroom. Mirrors create the illusion of space, even in the smallest of bathrooms.

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Replace the tiles (or re-grout your old ones)

For smaller spaces, using larger tiles can make the room feel bigger and more open. To make the room feel cosy or draw the eye to a specific detail or focal point, smaller, mosaic tiles can do the trick. There are also many tile patterns that can add interest.

Colour selection will go a long way to setting the mood in your bathroom. The 60-30-10 rule is a good guide for colour application. This means that 60 per cent of the room is devoted to your main colour, like the white wall tiles or the glazing on your bath or sink. While 30 per cent is the mid-range colour, like your floor tiles or vanity, and 10 per cent is left for your accent colour – the bold and bright pops of colour that you can add with accessories like your towels.

If your tiles are still in good condition, they may simply need to be re-grouted in order to return them to their former glory and brighten your bathroom.

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Paint the room

A coat of paint is an easy way to instantly revive your bathroom. Before you begin, a bit of elbow grease may be required to remove any mould and applying painter’s tape around any mirrors, fixtures and fittings prior to painting will help you to avoid any unwanted marks. And don’t forget to use paint that is suitable for wet areas as bathrooms require paint that inhibits mould growth.

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